Alignment between chain quality management and chain governance in EU pork supply chains. A Transaction-Cost-Economics perspective.

M. Wever, P.M. Wognum, J.H. Trienekens, S.W.F. Omta

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Abstract

Although inter-firm coordination of quality management is increasingly important for meeting end-customer demand in agri-food chains, few researchers focus on the relation between inter-firm quality management systems (QMS) and inter-firm governance structures (GS). However, failure to align QMSs and GSs may lead to inefficiencies in quality management because of high transaction-costs. In addition, misalignment is likely to reduce the quality of end-customer products. This paper addresses this gap in research by empirically examining the relation between QMSs and GSs in pork meat supply chains. Transaction-Cost-Economic theory is used to develop propositions about the relation between three aspects of QMSs - ownership, vertical scope and scale of adoption - and the use of different types of GSs in pork meat supply chains. To validate the propositions, seven cases are examined from four different countries. The results show that the different aspects of QMSs largely relate to specific GSs used in chains in the manner predicted by the propositions. This supports the view that alignment between QMSs and GSs is important for the efficient coordination of quality management in (pork meat) supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-237
JournalMeat Science
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • organization
  • firm
  • cooperation
  • performance

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